Personal Perspectives

Freedom isn’t free. And neither is birth control.

Monday, July 7, 2014

By: Sarah Kershner, It's Your Game Project Coordinator, SC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

The fireworks stands are popping up on every corner reminding us of the holiday that celebrates freedom and independence. However, a recent Supreme Court decision was quick to remind us that individual freedom- freedom to decide how to plan for child-bearing and freedom to decide what is best for our bodies is often not free.
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Are We Ready for What's Next?

Monday, June 30, 2014

By: Forrest Alton, CEO, SC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

You may have heard that I’m leading a webinar this week as part of a series we have been conducting at the SC Campaign on leadership. When I agreed many months ago to facilitate this three-part series, I didn’t think much of it. Leadership is a topic that I enjoy learning about, reading about, studying and subsequently sharing what little knowledge I have with others.
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Getting to Know our Priority Youth Specialist Rena Dixon

Monday, June 23, 2014

By: Kemi Ogunji, Executive and Development Assistant, SC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

I sat down with Rena Dixon, Priority Youth Specialist at the South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy to learn more about how she became a public health professional. Rena has worked for the SC Campaign for four years and recently earned her Ph.D. in Community Health Promotion and Education from Walden University.
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Summer Institute: Are You Ready?!

Monday, June 9, 2014

By: Sara Lamberson, Corporate Communications Specialist, SC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

Our 15th annual Summer Institute conference is only two days away, and the SC Campaign wants to know... Are you ready?! We've got a spectacular program for you all this year, including...
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Until We Meet Again...

Monday, June 2, 2014

By: Cayci Banks, former Director of Communications, SC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

As I write this blog today, I will do my best not to melt into a puddle of tears. For the past seven years, I have served the South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy as its Director of Communications – a position that I’ve truly loved.
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A Mother Was Born

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

By: Shannon Lindsay, Training Coordinator, SC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

March 24, 2002. A little more than 12 years ago I began the most challenging role of my life: mother. Up until that point I had been a daughter, student, friend, girlfriend, coworker, and wife but none of those roles had prepared me for my new position. I remember bringing our daughter home from the hospital and being amazed that they actually let my husband and I leave with her. The fact that we were allowed – and expected – to assume complete responsibility for this brand new life, this sweet little baby girl, was astounding to me.
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And the Celebration Continues...

Monday, May 19, 2014

By: Kimberly Wicker, Outreach and Development Specialist, SC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

In all seriousness, we are counting down to Summer Institute 2014, where we will continue to celebrate 20 years of accomplishments in teen pregnancy prevention while pushing even harder for more growth and progress. We are excited to have more than 350 colleagues from across the state and the nation. This is a wonderful opportunity to highlight the 47 percent decrease in SC's birthrate but focus on the research, awareness, advocacy, and evidence-based programming necessary to keep improving as SC is still ranked 11 in the nation for teen births. While we will work hard in beautiful Charleston, SC June 11-13, we will also take time to party just as hard as we did in Columbia at our 20th Anniversary Celebration, especially during our celebration on Thursday night at the conference! Check out some conference highlights below:
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Keep Talking to Closed Doors

Monday, May 12, 2014

By: Kylee Perez, Communications Specialist, SC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

When my mom held her baby girl and thought about the future I’m sure she saw our relationship growing into something Gilmore Girlesque when I became a teenager. I’d tell her about my first crush while she painted my nails. I’d cry on her shoulder and we'd pig out on ice cream when I got my heart broken. Reading my diary would never cross my mind because my life, to her, would be an open book.
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Tomorrow is Midlands Gives!

Monday, May 5, 2014

By: Sara Lamberson, Corporate Communications Specialist, SC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

The SC Campaign is participating in Midlands Gives, a local, 24-hour online giving challenge lead by Central Carolina Community Foundation TOMORROW, May 6! This event is designed to encourage friends and neighbors to support their favorite causes and organizations right here in the Midlands. Click here to donate to the SC Campaign! Why should you support the SC Campaign's work you ask? Well, here are some reasons...
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The Path to Publication

Monday, April 28, 2014

By: India Rose, Post Doctoral Fellow, SC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

Over the years, I have learned that it takes a lot to get your research published. Not only does it take guidance, rigor, and insight on the front end to conduct the study, but it also takes strength, dedication, and persistence to get the research published. Almost 18 months ago, the SC Campaign conducted focus groups with parents of South Carolina middle school students to examine their perception of school-based teen pregnancy prevention programs. While data collection only took a few months, data analysis, interpretation, and manuscript development took a little bit more time. The research team and I worked tirelessly on drafting a quality manuscript which we submitted to the Journal of Sex Education: Sexuality, Society, and Learning special issue dedicated to the work of Dr. Douglas Kirby.
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